About JUF's Partnership Together
JUF's Partnership Together (P2G) has been connecting Chicago-Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir for the past eighteen years. P2G is a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel, that links communities in the Diaspora with communities in Israel, predominantly in the Negev and in the Galilee. Chicago's P2G Region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir is located in Israel's northern Negev. Through P2G, more than $900,000 of funding from JUF's annual campaign supports projects that promote the region's development, improve the quality of life for its residents and connects them with Chicago Jewry through "people-to-people" programs.
Chicago's P2G Region of Kiryat Gat, Lachish and Shafir is located in the northern Negev and is 45 minutes by car from Tel Aviv and approximately one hour from Jerusalem.
JUF's Partnership Together is co-chaired by Deb Zaluda (Chicago) and Dan Harkabi (Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir).
Deb Zaluda has been on JUF's Partnership Together committee for many years. She has alson been on the board of American Friends of Neve Hanna, a children's home located in Kiryat Gat. Deb is a graduate of University of Illinois and IIT Chicago Kent College of Law and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Jewish Professional Studies Program at the Spertus Institute in Chicago.
Dan Harkabi served 20 years in the Israeli Air Force as a major before co-founding an Israeli-based startup that developed technology for USB drives and Flash cards. Currently he is the CEO of Picosmos, an Israeli-based computer technology startup which also focuses on Flash drive technology.
The money that JUF's Partnership Together allocates annually to the Region supports programs for Israel's most vulnerable and programs which build connections between the four communities. JUF provides additional resources for programs in our Partnership Together Region sponsored by the Ethiopian National Project and Youth Futures which provides opportunities and support for children at risk.
JUF's Partnership Together has a lot going on!
JUF's Partnership Together connects the Jewish community of Chicago with the people in the Region of Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir in Israel. One of the many ways we are able to do this is by partnering supplementary school classrooms. Depending on the age of the students the connection can range from Jewish holiday greetings primarily in English to Hebrew sentences and English replies from Israel for older children and teens. This is a great way for Jewish students in Chicago to connect with Israeli peers. For more information, send us a message.
- Volunteers travel to the Region throughout the year. Read about Buzz Ruttenberg's recent volunteer experience "From Anxiety to Joy: My Israel Volunteer Journey".
- Diller Teen Fellows are now on their second cohort. To see how the Israel trip for the first cohort went check out their blog here.
- Israeli teens came to Chicago in July 2013 and went to Camp Chi for a week as part of a program called Kol Yisrael. Click here to read more about the first year of the program.
- The JCC Camp Chi trip to Israel included time in Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir and last year 16 teens from the Region traveled with the group. View an article written in a local paper by a participant.
- Taam Yisrael is a great program that bring 8th grade students to Israel for a nice taam (taste) of Israel. Here is more information about it from an ealert.
- Kefiada, JUF's English-speaking summer camp in Israel, had a successful 2013 session. Read about Roxie's Kefiada counselor experience here or Ari's counselor experience here. You can also "like" JUF's Kefiada page on Facebook.
- Birthright trips from Chicago, arranged by Shorashim, spend time in Kiryat Gat-Lachish-Shafir. Read about a visit here.